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Carlyle Brown

Carlyle Brown is the curator and artistic director of the Minneapolis-based Carlyle Brown & Company, where he is also a playwright/performer. An alumnus of New Dramatists and a Lifetime Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, has received numerous fellowships and awards including the Black Theatre Network’s Winona Lee Fletcher Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence (2006), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), the Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theatre (2010), a United States Artist Fellowship (2010), the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater (2018), and the Hellen Merrill Award (2019). A scholar and historian, Brown has been an artist-in-residence or visiting professor at several colleges and universities. He curated the 2018 Cultural Diaspora Residency at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, and the subsequent “Afro-Atlantic Playwrights’ Festival” at the Playwrights’ Center in July 2019. His solo shows include The Fula from America: An African Journey, Therapy and Resistance, Acting Black (created to inspire open and honest conversations about race and diversity), and The History of Religion.

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The Fight for the Right to Vote
Essay

The Fight for the Right to Vote

13 January 2022

Carlyle Brown’s Down in Mississippi is a celebration of a movement that gave birth to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Brown sat down with Todd London in October 2020 to discuss the creative process, historical context, and contemporary resonance of his play.